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The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report identified 248 drowning deaths (which is an 8% decrease) occurred across Australia in 2019/20, (62 in Queensland). 36% of drownings occurred in major cities. 80% of drownings were male, with the peak age group for drowning being 25-34 years. There has been a 52% decrease in drowning for the 0-4 age group.

Royal Life Saving Queensland CEO Paul Barry said “Royal Life Saving is urging Queenslanders to supervise children around water, ensure their pool fence is in good working order in the lead up to summer, and to create safe play areas for children on properties with dams”.

To stay safe around water, Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving Australia urge all Australians to:

  • Supervise children at all times around water
  • Learn swimming and lifesaving skills
  • Wear a lifejacket when boating, rock fishing or paddling
  • Swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs around water

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